Y Not

I think Ricki Lewis was trying to pull a fast one in her article "Y envy."1 I searched all of GenBank and couldn't find any mention of the P2E or RIF genes. I did find transient mention of an activator of male aggression (Ber). There's also an apparent silencing (post-transcriptional) of any "common sense" loci upon acquisition of PhD. The sad tragedy is that only female scientists will use the info from the Human Genome Project, as we guys don't use maps anyway. Thanks, Ricki! Now I know "X" marks the spot on the Y chromosome.

Allan Zipf
Plant and Soil Science
Alabama A&M University
Normal, AL

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